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Fargo shoplifter posted on Facebook turns herself in

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A store owner's ingenuity brings stolen merchandise back into her store.

The owners of "Proper & Prim" and "O'Day Cache" realized hundreds of dollars in items had been lifted from their downtown Fargo stores this weekend. They blew the whistle, hoping to find the person responsible by posting pictures of the alleged shoplifter on Facebook. They were surprised by what happened Tuesday afternoon.

O'Day Cache and Proper & Prim are next-door stores downtown sharing some of their space...and shoplifters. Saturday a shoplifter stole $200 in merchandise from the stores including a $50 red dress.
"Next thing you know the dress is not there and we didn't notice it right away until a customer came in looking for that dress," says Proper & Prim Employee Danielle Nordsletten.

Nordsletten checked the security cameras and sure enough, the shoplifter was caught red handed, putting the dress in her purse and ditching the hanger behind a piece of furniture in O'Day Cache.

Proper and prim says they have five security cameras in the store alone and 13 between them and O'Day Cache next door. So the owner took some still frames and posted them on Facebook.

"Social media is getting so big these days and people post everything. That's how we caught the last girl," says Nordsletten.

This time the stores didn't have to catch her...she turned herself in while we were shooting this story, walking into the store while Valley News Live Reporter Mellaney Moore was shooting some video.

"A lady walked in- she looked very familiar- just like the shoplifter. Sure enough, she pulled a bag out of her purse and it was everything she had stolen from O'Day Cache and Proper and Prim," says Nordsletten.

Police arrived, interviewing Nordsletten and the O'Day Cache owner as well as taking the shoplifter with them. The shoplifter told Valley News Live that she "felt bad" about what she had done and that's why she decided to return the items, but O'Day Cache Owner Cindy O'Day says she thinks it was all social media pressure.

"If I can get it brought back quickly this will all go away and my picture will be taken down, the video or whatever. I think that's an urgency to get it back," says O'Day.

The owners say even though the stores are connected, they're separate stores, so the shoplifter will be facing two separate charges.

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